America’s Cup history

G.L. Watson designed four America’s Cup challengers: Thistle (1887), Valkyrie II (1893), Valkyrie III (1895) and Shamrock II (1901).

Sadly they don’t feature as moving images in the Gary Jobson AC History series below. It was just too early for all but Shamrock II, and known footage including her launching at Denny of Dumbarton has so far proven elusive: it most probably self-destructed.

But America’s Cup Uncovered have gathered some fascinating vintage America’s Cup footage here:

and here:

For real yacht racing aficionados, can the 34th America’s Cup serve up such nail-biting match racing as we often see above? Or will it be more like the 2003 31st Cup match in Auckland, when Team New Zealand’s boat simply fell apart around its excellent crew?

Bring it on!


We previously featured a remarkable clip of 19th Century America’s Cup racing between Columbia and Shamrock I here.


Martin Black’s beautifully produced, illustrated and researched biography, G.L. Watson – The Art and Science of Yacht Design – examines in great detail the designing, building and races of Watson’s four challengers – and others, built and not built, that didn’t come to fruition. Purchase online here.

~ Iain McAllister ~

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About Peggy Bawn Press

496pg biography of Scottish yacht designer, George Lennox Watson (1851-1904). Significant book on the history of yacht design & the development of modern yachting. Beautifully illustrated. Many photographs previously unpublished.
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